And so…it has come.

Sony's Kaz Hirai is our best friend in the whole world right now, because he has just stepped to the GamesCom stage and announced the PS3 Slim . Oh, it's a pretty little machine; he's holding it in his arms right now (for live pics, visit the live blog at VG247 ), and the specs are what PSXE and many others predicted: it will feature a 120GB hard drive, it will be 32% smaller, 36% lighter, have 34% less power consumption and, oh yes, it will only cost $299 in the US and 299 Euros in Europe . And what else does this mean? This means the current 80GB PS3 will receive a big ol' price drop starting today, and the PS3 Slim will be rarin' to go on store shelves in the first week of September! Hirai says it will vary a bit by country, but that's the estimated launch period. The biggest news of the day by a long shot and although we didn't get the announcement of a Gran Turismo 5 launch date, we assume that will come at the Tokyo Game Show next month.

And that's that. Sony's press conference is over and we have the super huge announcement we've all been waiting for. Anyone else wanna celebrate?

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Danny007
Danny007
11 years ago

PARTY!!!!!!!

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

okay, so… did any of the skeptics ever sign on to my $100 bet??? if so, im collecting =D

bamf
bamf
11 years ago

Looks good, but looks cheaper than the glorious current big brother. I would of liked it to be piano black, gathers dust I know but its reason for giving it a good rubbing.
Do I get one, well I have an excuse now, as I can give my current PS3 to my brother.
Price? They never seem to give a UK price anymore, I've seen it for pre-order for £250, available sep 4th. The conversion for US $299 to UK is £183. So in the US you are getting it very cheap. I think we in the UK should be paying £200, its only fair?
Kinda put me off getting it now seeing that conversion rate.

Jojoman
Jojoman
11 years ago

I recall someone saying it was impossible because of the new font.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

same jojo, i remember that too… where is that guy??

DaNgerSteVe
DaNgerSteVe
11 years ago

yay for gt5 but sad for NO BC

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

If and when, that will be a firmware update for all, or a PSN download for cheap.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

I have a PS3 already, but damn …this is making me buy a second one?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

I wouldn't blame you

Mamills
Mamills
11 years ago

no point man
still no backwards compatibility
its pretty much the same machine

im sticking with my B/C PS3 and i like having 4 USB ports. (i use em all)

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

I knew they wouldnt remove any features. Hah! Sony is freakin awesome for this!!!!!!!

http://kotaku.com/5339968/sony-announces-slim-ps3-+-it-lives-this-september


Last edited by DIsmael85 on 8/18/2009 12:51:11 PM

Complex
Complex
11 years ago

damn from the pics over at engadget it doesn't look like you can replace the HD

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Actually they did you can't install a different OS on the slim.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

Limited: That would be a firmware function, not a hardware capability. This would also screw over people selling PS3 Linux clusters. Are you just saying this or was this part of the announcement?

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

they got rid of the touch sensitive buttons? sure it's not a big thing but it makes it feel a little last gen to me .__.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

@ Complex

Don't worry, the "screw port" is now on the bottom of the machine and the HDD slides out of the front of the PS3.

@ nonsuch

The firmware on the "slim" apparently doesn't contain the option to Install Other OS. I guess the farmers will have to stock up on current PS3s.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 8/18/2009 7:02:27 PM

phudge_supreemz
phudge_supreemz
11 years ago

sweet

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

I'm happy with the price drop now the user base would catch fast the 360 one so not put titles like Splinter Cell on the ps3 and ignore that big user base would be stupid .

but I'm really sad no BC =( so I must buy another PS2 and a old TV to play my dusted ps2 games.


Last edited by Oxvial on 8/18/2009 12:52:05 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Playstation 2 is BEAUTIFUL console, buy it

I still have the original ps2, it's a beauty

sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

Who wants to guess how many sales they will get this and next month?

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

more than last summer, thats a given 😛

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

They didn't say there would be no BC, jeez, there is always "Something" to complain about. Always!

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

I only see 2 problems.
1.BC
2.Cross Chat.

if sony just take care of those ones people would shut up 😉

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

I agree that those are needed, but people will never shut up. There is nothing to satisfy people, unless Sony was giving them money. be glad we even got a price cut.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

People were supposed to shut up when they got In-Game XMB.

It'll be Party systems or some other thing if Cross Chat comes.

Personally, I don't see the point of Cross Chat, though I'll probably use it at some point if it comes.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 8/18/2009 7:15:37 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

boooo no bc lame

Kiryu
Kiryu
11 years ago

I'm buying the PS3 Slim on Day one!!!

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Hey Highlander,

We called it.

englishgolfer
englishgolfer
11 years ago

great news but sony still don't know how to count! 299euros is about $422… still will be picking up my new slimmer model very soon!!!!

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

European prices tend to include taxes already (and the taxes are higher).

Still not sure that makes the whole difference, but it certainly mitigates part of it.

Random_Steve
Random_Steve
11 years ago

europe and UK get treated like crap so im not entirely suprised

Wazomba
Wazomba
11 years ago

UK price will be about £259

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Nice.

inkme101
inkme101
11 years ago

day 1 purchase for me. also holiday season is going to be a landslide victory in sales over "those other guys"

vicious54
vicious54
11 years ago

Crazy, now the ps3 only cost $50 more than a wii, insane!

This is great news for my cheap friends.

convergecrew
convergecrew
11 years ago

I think retailers will have to drop the price of the phat an additional $50 to get them moving–
Theres no real reason to get one if its the same price as a shiny new 120gb slim.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

You can still pick up a Phat PS3 that will come bundled with games. Also, you can upgrade the Phat's hard drive…..not sure about that with the Slim. The Phats will fly off the shelves, no problem.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

your 99% right

the slim isn't shiny…. lol 😛

still getting 1… Hardware trumps aesthetics no matter how big or small IMO

Complex
Complex
11 years ago

just saw the picture not getting all exited about it, but that pic was at a bad angle and probably didn't show it well waiting for more.


Last edited by Complex on 8/18/2009 1:16:39 PM

furbiesmustdie
furbiesmustdie
11 years ago

oh god i just saw the ps3 slim in the flesh. UGLY A** MUTHA F*****! the fisrt gen ps3 looked so beautiful, so shmexy. the new ones look like a cheap knockoff.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Well one good thing its that the people that care about the console look are going to buy the 80 giger like hot cakes!

so yeah more sales for sony =)

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

You serious?! it looks fine

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

"oh god i just saw the ps3 slim in the flesh. UGLY A** MUTHA F*****"

i actually think it looks amazing…

ps1 to psone = same overall shape, smaller size

ps2 to ps2 slim to ps2 slimmer = same overall shape, smaller size

psp to psp 2000 to psp 3000 (minus GO!) = same overall shape, smaller size

ps3 to ps3 slim = same overall shape, smaller size

so IMO mission accomplished for Sony… I've been saying it since day 1, ps3 slim and "Boomerang" controller look absolutely awesome…


Last edited by Gregory Freeman on 8/18/2009 5:26:46 PM

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

There's something about that curved bit next to the disk drive that just looks wrong to me. Also, the buttons look cheap.

It just looks cheap compared to the gorgeous original. Still, it could have been worse.

furbiesmustdie
furbiesmustdie
11 years ago

oh don't worry i'm still going to get one purely because i'm always traveling with my ps3. still.. going to have to get used to this new look. ehhh i can live with it. 😉

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
11 years ago

Today is a great day! PS3 slim for $299 announced and got a MAG beta code all in the same day!

phudge_supreemz
phudge_supreemz
11 years ago

got the MAG code too. too bad you can only play it certain times of the day though.

gumbi
gumbi
11 years ago

YES!!! I've got a dead 60Gb at home and I've been oh so anxiously holding out for this. I'll be picking one of these bad boys up ASAP.

Oh you can't see it, but I'm doin my happy dance.

Natalisrubbish
Natalisrubbish
11 years ago

YES! That's cheap picking one up for my bedroom, no doubt.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

at $300, im buying 1 for my room, moving my old 1 to the basement rec room, and buying 1 for my upstairs sitting room… lan parties will be sick! get a bunch of Sony bravias, line the spare room with them, and plug in everyone's ps3's and turn the AC to MAX!

lol don't mind me, im just a kid with phat wallet syndrome